QANTAS group pilots FLYPINK into Queenstown for breast cancer
From today, Qantas Group pilots will FlyPink, swapping out their normal gold epaulettes (shoulder stripes) for pink
epaulettes, to show their support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The first of our ‘Pink flights’ landed in Queenstown Airport, flown by Qantas Captain Justin Roberts and First Officer
The Australian-first initiative was started by QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie whose aunt was diagnosed and beat
breast cancer. Joining the airline in 2013, Susan was inspired by the National Breast Cancer Foundation-branded pink
QantasLink aircraft to find a way to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research that would encourage airlines
around the world to join together for the cause.
QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie said she hoped her small idea would encourage other airlines to show their support.
“Together with Qantas, it is my goal to raise $20,000 for breast cancer research. I hope by next year I’ll walk past a
pilot I don’t know in an international airport wearing pink epaulettes in support of breast cancer research,” said
QantasLink Chief Pilot, Captain Nathan Miller said Qantas was proud to get behind all its pilots and the FlyPink
initiative, which will see pilots donate money to don the pink epaulettes when they sign on for flying duty.
“Qantas is really proud to show our support for breast cancer awareness, and most importantly help raise vital funds for
research,” said Captain Miller.
“As a global carrier, we hope we can help our pilots take the FlyPink initiative from Australia to the world and are
challenging other airlines to join us.”
National Breast Cancer Foundation Chair, Elaine Henry, welcomed the initiative and said the proceeds from the Qantas
FlyPink campaign would go directly to life-changing breast cancer research projects around Australia.
“Every day in 2015, 42 women in Australia are diagnosed with breast cancer, and it is still the biggest cause of
cancer-related death in women globally. We believe that research is the key to eradicating the disease, and credit
research with the many advances that have been made in breast cancer care and treatment over the past few decades,” she
Pink epaulettes will be available to all 3,300 Qantas Group pilots who are encouraged to donate $5 and wear pink with
pride in October.
Qantas Group pilots will use the month of October to raise money through a number of other activities including National
Breast Cancer Foundation collection tins in crew rooms and Qantas airports, and hold Pink Ribbon Breakfasts around the
QantasLink will serve food items in FlyPink branded boxes and brownies in support of the campaign.
Customers and other Qantas employees can support FlyPink by donating to www.flypink.net
Qantas Group pilots wearing pink epaulettes include Qantas, QantasLink, Jetstar, JetConnect, Cobham, Network Aviation
and Express Freighters Australia.